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COUNCIL AGREE TO SPEND £500K ON UNDERCLIFF

undercliff400The Isle of Wight Council have agreed to spent some £500,000 on Undercliff Drive to reinstate access to the area following a landslide earlier this year that forced residents to evacuated their homes.

Members of the executive committee approved plans last night (Tuesday) at a meeting at County Hall to allocate up to £500,000 from the Council’s capital contingency budget to allow work to be undertaken on the notorious stretch of the South Wight, however they are yet to determine which of three options will be selected as the best temporary solution.

Later this year it will be decided whether the Council should re-establish a pedestrian only access route, create a new road to the cut-off properties at the base of the cliff or put in place a temporary road.

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The situation has split public opinion with many saying the area should be abandoned much like the former Blackgang village, however locals are keen for the road to be reinstated to allow the link between St Lawrence and Niton to reopen – a plan that has been deemed too expensive by many.

It was also decided last night that £200,000 should be allocated to the Totland sea wall, which collapsed following a land slide in the area.

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